The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 brought some important changes to Homelessness Law, particularly around priority need. This means that there will be an inevitable shift in focus when approaching councils for help from whether domestic abuse makes someone vulnerable to whether they are being abused at all, potentially making the process very distressing for homeless people.
This training has been designed specifically for IDVA Team who have a good grounding in domestic abuse practice but who want to understand the definition of domestic abuse from a technical perspective and how it can be evidenced to a Local Authority in order to get them the statutory housing assistance that they are owed.
On completion of this course you will have:
- A detailed understanding of the definition of homelessness arising from domestic abuse and how to compile evidence to secure housing for victims of domestic abuse through the Housing Act 1996
- An understanding of the legal definitions of priority need, intentional homelessness and local connection.
- The information needed to know when a homeless application is appropriate.
- A practical understanding of the appeal process and what else can be done when a Local Authority refuses to provide housing
Who is this course for?
This course is specifically for IDVA Teams and specialist domestic abuse practitioners who have a good understanding of domestic abuse issues, but who encounter resistance from Local Authorities around the Homelessness Application process.
Costs, date and venue
This course is available to teams. The cost is £600 for the full day’s training, which can be split across two days if preferable
The course will be delivered on Zoom so delegates will need adequate IT equipment and internet connection to participate in the course.
Cancellations within 14 days of the course date will not be refundable, but places can be rolled over to a different date.